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Day 3 of 12 Days of Christmas Kindness! Are you feeling the effects of kindness radiating around you yet? It’s amazing how doing a simple act of kindness can come back to you in many ways. Today’s act of kindness for Day 3 is:

Surprise someone by doing a chore for them

We all have typical chores that we have to accomplish each day, but how nice would it be if you came to find out that someone stepped in and helped you out! The element of surprise in this act of kindness is pivotal. So do the dishes for your wife. Take out the garbage without being asked. Help someone with a task that maybe they typically conquer by themselves. They will appreciate the extra help!

These yummy Christmas cookies offer the same element of surprise, a sweet maraschino cherry inside! This recipe creates cookies that are light and winter-esque and then they are topped with sweet cherry frosting and dusted with snowflake like powdered sugar. My variation of frosting these exudes a cookie full of flavorful frosting. Don’t forget about that sweet maraschino cherry surprise inside!


It’s day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Kindness. Today’s act of kindness is simple:

Share something with a friend today

And I have just the thing for you to share! This caramel puff corn is so chewy, sweet and delicious. It’s relatively simple to make, although I had to make two batches this round (me and baking soda aren’t friends). It’s so good you might have a hard time sharing, but because of it’s highly addictive qualities (think popcorn + caramel) it will be worth the gift of kindness. 

If caramel puff corn is not in the works for you today, there are so many more things to share with a friend. Share a laugh, share a memory, share something funny, share a phone call or share some of your time to help your friend. There are many things in life worth sharing and having friends to share them with make life even more special. So this holiday season make sure to cherish your friendships and share something with those friends today!

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Caramel Puff Corn

Recipe courtesy of Old Dutch

INGREDIENTS
1 bag of puff corn (I suggest Old Dutch)
1 c. butter
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1 t. baking soda

GUIDANCE
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Cook until mixture has melted. Add baking soda – be aware this will cause the mixture to foam. Pour puff corn into a LARGE bowl and pour caramel mixture over the puff corn and mix until all combined. Spread onto 2 baking sheets (I used a silpat baking mat for easy cleanup). Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread onto wax paper and break apart. Let cool and enjoy!

 


It’s officially T-minus 14 days until Christmas! I have thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas season and everything that comes with it. My most favorite activity to do this time of year is to BAKE! I love to put on the Christmas tunes, sift through different recipes and bake up a storm! Speaking of storms we have had a few snow storms here in North Dakota already. All I can say is that I think this winter is going to be a unique one for sure!

With the snow, we were gifted two, yes TWO snow days. I took the opportunity to bake my little heart as the snow fell inch by inch. This holiday season I want to share 12 yummy holiday recipes that you can share with others, but also a small act of kindness to go with each!

One of my favorite activities that I do with my students, is a countdown of twelve days with an act of kindness that goes with each day. They are simple acts of kindness, but they each have big impact. I truly believe it’s important to remember the value of kindness to others. When you do something nice, it can make a large difference in how someone is feeling. My goal with the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness is to share treat plates with all of those hardworking people in my life that deserve an extra small, sugary thank you this holiday season. 

So with the next few days before Christmas I will be sharing a simple act of kindness that I urge you to try and a tasty recipe to go with each! Todays act of kindness:

Smile at as many people as you can today!

To go with that sweet smile try these oh-so-yummy peanut buttery cookies!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
2 T. milk
40 mini chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

GUIDANCE
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda. Set to the side. Cream together butter, sugars, and peanut butter until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and milk. Add the flour mixture, and mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an engrossed mini muffin tin. 

Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place a chocolate covered peanut butter cup into the center. Cool and enjoy.